I liked the Italian version, but the English one is just sublime. It's incredible how Burton is able to make me feel so many emotion at the same time,...moreI liked the Italian version, but the English one is just sublime. It's incredible how Burton is able to make me feel so many emotion at the same time, and how he can face delicate subjects with such an original (and sometimes scary) approach.
And how he can me laugh and smile evilly. I love that.
My favourite one:
There once was a morose melonhead, who sat there all day and wished he were dead.
But you should be careful about the things that you wish. Because the last thing he heard was a deafening squish.
This book was amazing. The story was original and captivating, the writing was good, the characters were well developed and the whole thin...moreMARVELLOUS.
This book was amazing. The story was original and captivating, the writing was good, the characters were well developed and the whole thing was absolutely glorious. It was so realistic, and engaging, and thrilling, and fascinating. I loved it. The main character, Sam, was just perfect. He's the classic shy, modest hero who doesn't like to be in the spotlight, but takes the lead when he has to. Astrid was a smart ass. But a sweet one. She's probably my favourite character, and the way she takes care of her autistic brother is just moving. Caine was a nothing. His ego is another story. Diana is the real mean kid, in my opinion; she is so misleading and selfish she could beat every single opponent in the FAYZ if she wanted to, but she likes playing in the dark of Caine's shadow better. Drake is a true psycho. He's awesome. Another thumb up for this book.
Quotes (and comments):
“Sometimes impossible things happen,” Sam said. “No, they don’t,” Astrid argued. “The universe has laws. All the stuff we learn in science class. You know, like the laws of motion, or that nothing can go as fast as the speed of light. Or gravity. Impossible things don’t happen. That’s what impossible means.” Sam and Astrid
This sentence was repeated many times through the book. It's the simplest way to understand the kid's panic. “It’ll be all right, it’ll be all right.”
“I want to start by following the barrier and seeing if there just happens to be some big gate. Maybe you walk through that gate and everyone’s there, you know? My mom, your parents. Anna and Emma.” “Teachers,” Astrid supplied. “Don’t ruin a happy picture,” Astrid and Sam
“We have a system for measuring the power,” Caine said. “Diana came up with it, actually. She can read people if she holds their hands, she can tell how much they have. She describes it as being like a cell phone signal. One bar, two bars, three bars. You know what I am?” “Crazy?” Caine and Sam
“Yeah. The phrase ‘ninth graders with machine guns’ isn’t exactly followed by ‘have a nice day.’” Sam
“No. I don’t know that. I’ve prayed for it not to happen. I’ve asked Mary to intercede.” “Mary Terrafino?” “No, duh.” Astrid laughed. “You are such a heathen. Mary. The Virgin Mary.” “Oh. Her.” LOL. Astrid and Sam
This part was sooo sweet: “If there’s a fight, others will feel that hurt.” “You’re not others.” “No?” “No.” “Why?” “Because I love you.” Astrid and Sam(less)
I'll start saying that the first book didn't really captivate me at the beginning. I didn't like Cassandra's...moreLoved it. 4.5 (Note: my longest review :D)
I'll start saying that the first book didn't really captivate me at the beginning. I didn't like Cassandra's writing, there where some plot holes and though the idea was original and interesting, I'd read better. Oh, and I hated it when Clary made that comment about Jace raising his eyebrow. The eyebrow thing is for this book, and this alone: Vampire Academy. Sorry Jace, I adore you, I really do, but Dimitri (♥) will always come first. But when Clary finds out she's Jace's sister, well, that was the best What The Fuck?! moment ever. I praised the author for dealing with an issue as delicate as incest. Not everyone would have done that. Point for her.
I liked the second book better than the first, despite the difficult relationship between Jace and Clary (btw, Team Jace from the beginning :D.) Simon was a sparkling flame of normality in the Shadowhunters' world in spite of being a vampire: he's one of the most good and honest characters in this series. During the third installment, he goes through an important change that will influence his way of acting in the future, but I'll still miss him as a human. The second book ended with a cliffhanger: Clary discovers a way to wake her mom.
City of Glass was my favorite book among the three. The conclusion is perfect, all the pieces of the puzzle found their place, but what I liked more was Clary's battle to save her mother, Jace and all the people she loved. She proved to be more than a little kid, she showed us she was able to do what was needed to save her people. Cassandra did a very good job: there were some great - and unexpected - turn of events, the new characters were awesome (Aline surely knew how to get on my nerves), the old were good as ever. I'm proud to say I realized that Sebastian was Valentine's spy right away. It took me a bit longer to understand that he'd also been raised by him, but Valentine being his biological father was a total surprise to me. I was so happy when Alec finally admitted his homosexuality and started dating Magnus, I love them as a couple. I'm not so sure about who I want Simon to end up with, but I think I'm on Isabelle's side. Clary and Jace...jeez, their love almost tore me apart, they suffered so much. Another big Hallelujah for Jocelyn and Luke: it was obvious they were soulmates.
I'm really looking forward for the next installment, City of Fallen Angels. April 5th, you can't come soon enough.
These had me ROTFLOL (especially the first one): "And quit baring your fangs at me. It's making me nervous." "Good," Simon said. "If you want to know why, it's because you smell like blood." "It's my cologne. Eau de Recent Injury." Jace and Simon
"What happened to you?" Jace looked affronted. "What happened to me? Alec shook him, not lightly. "You said you were going for a walk! What kind of walk takes six hours?" "A long one?" Jace suggested. Alec and Jace
"Not everything, Jace, is about you," Clary said furiously. "Possibly," Jace said, "but you have to admit that the majority of things are." Clary and Jace
"I'm not stupid. I can put these things together. You with your rune powers, and Jace, well...no one could be that annoying without some kind of supernatural assistance." Simon
Alec had his arms around Magnus and was kissing him, full on the mouth. Magnus, who appeared to be in a state of shock, stood frozen. [...] Maia looked perplexed. "Wait a second," she said. "Do we all have to do that, too?" Maia
"I am a man," he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown." Jace
"Is this the part where you tell me that if I hurt her, you'll kill me?" "No," said Simon. "If you hurt Clary, she's quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons." Jace and Simon
Heart-breaking (aka Sappy) Quotes: "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then." Jace to Clary
"If your father weren't who he is," he said, "he'd be proud of you." Luke to Jace
"You made them look at you and see the person they loved most in the world, didn't you?" "Yeah," Clary said. "How did you know?" "Because I heard them all calling out different names," Jocelyn said softly. "But I still saw you." Jocelyn and Clary
"I was in the dark," he said softly. "There was nothing there but shadows, and I was a shadow, and I knew that I was dead, and that it was over, all of it. And then I heard your voice. I heard you say my name, and it brought me back." "Not me." Clary's throat tightened. "The Angel brought you back." "Because you asked him to." Silently he traced the outline of her face with his fingers, as if reassuring himself that she was real. "You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me." Jace and Clary
"And now I'm looking at you," he said, "and you're asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before — bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it — but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me." Jace
This quote deserves a special place, maybe because Clary's answer is the one I've always wanted to give. "Everything's going to be fine." Clary looked up at her mother, into the green eyes so like her own. "Mom," she said. "Don't lie." Jocelyn and Clary(less)
I'm still smiling. I mean, how could anyone NOT love them? They're sooo cute.
Ok, cute isn't the best adjective I could use, but they're cute to me. So,...moreI'm still smiling. I mean, how could anyone NOT love them? They're sooo cute.
Ok, cute isn't the best adjective I could use, but they're cute to me. So, so cute. I could hug them all day long and never get tired of it :D
I think this short story almost made up for the mess that was City of Fallen Angels. Key word being almost.
Now, Clare just needs to write a wonderful book about Alec and Magnus and I'll forgive her :)
Oh, and never-been-kissed Alec?
CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE! ♥ I so love them ^^
Jace felt blood flood into his face. He was vaguely aware of Simon arguing that Jace and Clary were brother and sister, that it wasn’t right, but he ignored him. The Seelie Queen was looking at him, and her eyes were like the sea before a deadly storm, and he wanted to say thank you. Thank you.
I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger.
And he expected me to love him.
This is my story. A letter from nowhere.
Stolen is one of those books that are bound to leave a mark in our minds. That make you question your own morals and beliefs. And most of all, that make you cry like you never did.
I don't know what first captured me about this book, if it was the cover, the unusual yet intriguing plot, or the fact that the book was a letter. The point is, at the end of the book I was left with an unexplainable void inside my chest that got me thinking.
Ever wonder how it would be to leave everything and everyone and run away to some remote, untraceable place? To never have to think about work, school, family, troubles and so on? To never hear the traffic of the city again? I did. Many times. (And the fact that I often thought of the Australian desert as my personal remote, untraceable place gave me the creeps, but still.) So I totally got Ty's feelings. His reasons, too. I'm not trying to justify his actions - kidnapping is a bad, bad thing, no matter how you look at it - but his frailty and his gentleness towards Gemma made me immediately fall for him. His need for freedom, from modern world, from modern people's mentality, reminds me a lot of the person I wanted to become when I was a little, blissfully ignorant child. And his fits of rage ans his almost-craziness...what can I say, I have a thing for psychos.
I liked Gemma too, although some of her actions left me skeptic (or very mad, if she was being particularly mean to Ty. What can I say? I loved that guy.) Her pain and fear, though, were things beyond my comprehension. Being kidnapped isn't something I had to endure (thank God), so an abducted girl's feeling aren't exactly in my range of knowledge.
And although I personally didn't agree with Gemma's last decision, I had to be realistic: a kidnapped girl, no matter how kind the kidnapper is and her feelings for him, is still a kidnapped girl. So she did what she had to do and she was strong enough to go on with her old, or maybe a new, life. And to forgive him for everything wrong he did.
PS: thank you, sis, for this wonderful Christmas present :)(less)
I think I've read few book this exquisite and captivating, and believe me, I'm not exaggerating.
At the beginning of the book,...moreWhat an enchanting read!
I think I've read few book this exquisite and captivating, and believe me, I'm not exaggerating.
At the beginning of the book, the author introduces us to Fiona Finnegan and her friends and family from Whitechapel, and I was literally catapulted in another era and another world, which I escaped only at the end of the book.
The writing was heavenly. The characters were realistic. The setting was familiar and yet completely foreign, and the historical background was one of the most interesting I've ever found. And Jack the Ripper? I couldn't possibly resist.
The Tea Rose wasn't certainly flawless, but it was very hard for me to keep my mind on imperfections when the total result was so enjoyable, and even though the book was pretty slow in some of its parts, I almost didn't notice.
I loved Fiona. She was a strong, passionate character, who believed in her strength and in her dreams.
I loved Nick even more. His story was heartbreaking and I couldn't help but giving him all my sympathy.
My favourite part of the book was the first one, where Fiona still lives in her house with her family and dreams of her wedding with Joe and their future shop. The author did an amazing job with the heroine, it was impossible not to connect to her and the whole thing felt just so undeniably real that I had to remember myself that I was reading a novel.
The end left me wanting a lot more, and when I found out that the second book was about Charlie I almost screamed with delight. I'm so looking forward to read the sequel!(less)
I found this eBook while surfing the internet. I read the summary and decided to give it a go. I wasn't really captivated at the beginning, but after...moreI found this eBook while surfing the internet. I read the summary and decided to give it a go. I wasn't really captivated at the beginning, but after a few chapters I had to get up at 6am to read some pages before school. I so loved this book. It felt so unbelievably real and I always had this sympathetic feeling for the main character Kate. I could feel her deeper emotions, her pain, under my skin. Letters To My Mother is one of the best books I've read this year and I really hope to find some time for it in the future.(less)
I love Zsadist. I lost count of the times I've said that. This book was my favourite of the series so far. Do I need to explain why? A warrior who'd be...moreI love Zsadist. I lost count of the times I've said that. This book was my favourite of the series so far. Do I need to explain why? A warrior who'd been physically and mentally abused and a lady, victim of the vampire aristocracy, kidnapped by a psychopath. Zsadist struggling to leave the past behind and Bella fighting for him to let her in his life. I so loved this book.(less)
I'm happy to say that The Raven Prince is one of the best historical romances I've ever read. I loved the characters, their relationships, their stron...moreI'm happy to say that The Raven Prince is one of the best historical romances I've ever read. I loved the characters, their relationships, their strong feelings, and Anna and Edward were such a good pair I don't think it will be easy to found a more enthralling couple.
The story worked. I don't have complaints about the hero's/heroine's choices, the obstacles they had to overcome were realistic and most of all, the characters were coherent, a characteristic I really appreciate in them.
Also, this book was a lot of fun. Whereas some scenes were almost unbearably steamy, some were hilarious, and I'm really looking forward to the second installment in the Princes Trilogy.
One particular that I enjoyed a lot was little passages from the Raven Prince tale at the beginning of each chapter: I already knew the story, but it was very nice nonetheless.(less)